|Johnson says team has not planned for suspensions|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 16 March 2012 10:22|
Chad Knaus goes before NASCAR's chief appellate officer on Tuesday trying to get his six-race suspension overturned. Car chief Ron Malec was also suspended six races because NASCAR found illegal modifications to the No. 48 Chevrolet in the opening inspection for the Daytona 500.
A three-member appeals panel upheld the penalties this week. The hearing before John Middlebrook next week is the final step in the appeals process.
Johnson says the suspensions would be a ``huge blow'' to his team, but he remains optimistic Middlebrook will overturn the penalties.
Hendrick Motorsports has not said how the absences will be filled within the No. 48 team.